Caleb Williams says exactly what USC fans want to hear about injury
USC Football QB Caleb Williams' hamstring injury that he suffered in the Pac-12 Championship Game could potentially keep him out of the Cotton Bowl. Lincoln Riley made it clear that if the Cotton Bowl was about two or three weeks after he suffered it, there's a legit chance he wouldn't play. Since the Cotton Bowl is a month after he suffered the injury, though, Williams has a chance.
Williams had actually been more optimistic on his injury than Riley had--insisting that he was going to play in the Cotton Bowl. There was a press conference held for him on Thursday, and he addressed his health again there. He was once again "confident" that he'll be good to go, and made it clear that he and his hamstring are "doing well":
That's exactly what SC fans want to hear, as they're likely not going to hear many updates from Riley. Riley likes to keep things close to the vest when it comes to injuries. Therefore, if anyone is going to reveal how Williams' health is progressing, it's likely going to be Williams himself.
And while Miller Moss is a good backup quarterback to have for the Cotton Bowl if Williams can't go, it would be very preferable for Williams to be out there instead obviously. He's this year's Heisman Trophy winner for a reason. If he's at full strength and not at legit risk of re-injuring himself, there is no reason to not want Williams out there.
USC Football QB1 Caleb Williams will likely light up the Tulane Green Wave in the Cotton Bowl if he plays.
Caleb Williams completed 66.1% of his passes this season for USC Football. He also threw 37 touchdown passes and ran for 10 more. He had 4,447 total yards (most in USC history)--adding on 372 rushing yards to his 4,075 passing yards. He's got unbelievably dynamic dual threat ability, and he protects the football--only throwing four total interceptions this season.
Luckily, though, Riley will have had a full month to work and gameplan with Miller Moss to get ready to go if Williams can't play in Arlington. Moss completed 12 of 14 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in his opportunities this season. Those are of course great numbers, and hopefully sustainable over the course of a full game against a top 16 team like Tulane.